One of the most basic but vital elements of home fire safety is having a home escape plan that everyone in the household has practiced.
"[Some] common causes we find when responding to fire alarms on campus, is smoke from cooking, vaping, steam from a shower or using aerosol products too close to smoke detectors", McEvoy said in the email. Kids also need to know how to get out if adults can't help them. Without a solid fire escape plan, you are putting your life and your family's lives in danger.
"It's important to have two ways out of the home in the event of fire in case one way gets blocked", said Jack Burt, assistant deputy fire chief.
It is Fire Prevention Week, so local firefighters are out making sure the community knows how to stay safe, teaching lessons to some very young students. Other precautionary measures include checking your smoke alarms once a month, practicing proper kitchen safety, and knowing where your fire extinguisher is and how to use it.
Officials say everyone should have an escape plan in the event of a fire.
Firefighters say if a home has infants or anyone with mobility limitations, assign someone to assist them during a fire. "If you don't meet up together, you could think there is still someone in the fire and go back in, which could be catastrophic".
This week is also a good time to make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are properly working on all floors of your home. In that time, it has also installed more than 45,000 smoke alarms.
"You really have to get engaged where you live because the fire department only goes there after a fire has occurred". CO and smoke detectors that are over ten years old should be replaced as they have reached the end of their life expectancy.
Rides, Food, Molly the Fire Safety Dog and an antique fire truck are just a few of the highlights for attendees at the 7th annual Fire Safety Day taking place Saturday, October 14 on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center.